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Burned out by Camp fire, Redding veterans’ home resident gives back to community

By Gary Moore, CalVet REDDING – Nic Casella got help when he needed it most. He will repay the favor today. Soon after the 97-year-old Navy veteran returned from Chico to his home in Paradise on November 8, 2018, he saw an ominous cloud. Rain was not in the forecast. “I went to the sliding […]

Redding Veterans Home resident featured as part of Women’s Military History Week

By Gary Moore, Public Information Officer at VHC-Redding Aptly nicknamed the Lady Tiger, Dorothy Gotlieb Picotte was a fierce multi-sport competitor in high school, a determined young woman in the military, and remains a fiery and beloved member of the Veterans Home of California – Redding to this day. Picotte grew up in the East […]

CalVet celebrates Women’s Military History Week

This week, March 18 – 24, CalVet recognizes and celebrates women veterans and their contributions to our country as part of our state’s Women’s Military History Week. Each year, the third week of March is highlighted as a time to recognize the important accomplishments of women who have served in the armed forces of the […]

Recognizing the contributions of African American Women Veterans

Women have long answered the call to defend and protect this country, yet many of their contributions have largely been unrecognized and unrewarded. During the national designation of the month of February as Black History Month, the CalVet Women Veterans Division is sending a special message to recognize and elevate the invaluable contributions of black […]

HOLIDAY STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR VETERANS

The holiday season can be full of fun, friends and family, but the season can also be a source of stress for veterans. Stress can affect your health and become a problem when the stress begins to feel overwhelming. Here are some tips that can assist you when the seasons stress starts to take over. […]

Place a wreath to honor fallen American heroes this holiday season

by Jonathan Cullifer, California Department of Veterans Affairs “They have earned our undying gratitude.  America will never forget their sacrifices.” — President Harry Truman Each December, Wreaths Across America volunteers place holiday wreaths on graves and columbaria at more than 1,400 veterans’ cemeteries in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad to remember our […]

Every Day is Veterans Day at our Barstow Home

By Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, Veterans Home of California – Barstow As the country prepares to honor veterans on Nov. 11 this year, the staff at the Veterans Home of California in Barstow have already begun to commemorate the service of the men and women who reside there. The Home launched #veteransdayeverydayii on Nov. […]

Veteran Spotlight: Honoring Don Duncan, U.S. Army veteran

Veteran Spotlight:  From Los Angeles to Redding, San Francisco to Tahoe, CalVet recognizes and honors veterans all throughout California. We know that every veteran has a unique story to tell, and we want to acknowledge these great stories. Do you know someone worthy of recognition? Send us the details: PAO@CalVet.ca.gov. by Teresa Rochester, Public Information Officer, […]

CalVet employee receives prestigious Outstanding Caregiver Award

by Gary Moore, Information Officer, California Veterans Home – Redding People who know Nicole Ellis describe her as dedicated, compassionate and caring. Those words are commonly used in reference to CalVet’s nursing staff, however, Ellis is known for going above and beyond the norm. That is why it comes as no surprise that she was […]

Photo exhibit featured at Chula Vista Founder’s Day Celebration

by Ron Brand, Information Officer, California Veterans Home — Chula Vista This Saturday, our Veterans Home of California – Chula Vista will celebrate 18 years of service to veterans in the San Diego area. A Founder’s Day celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. The event will include live music, […]